Public Infrastructure & Capital Financing
Public Project Revolving Fund
The Public Project Revolving Fund (PPRF) is the New Mexico Finance Authority’s flagship program created in 1992 to assist a wide range of public entities in accessing the capital markets at low or below-market interest rates. NMFA’s goals are to coordinate the planning and financing of state and local public projects, provide long-term planning based on state and local capital needs, facilitate cooperation regarding infrastructure among state and local governments, and finance economic development and other community development projects.
The PPRF is used to finance public projects such as infrastructure improvements, road projects, water system upgrades, fire and law enforcement equipment, public buildings, hospitals and healthcare facilities, electric and broadband utilities, quality of life projects, and more. The PPRF provides both market-rate loans and loans to disadvantaged communities at subsidized rates.
As a credit enhancement, NMFA’s share of Governmental Gross Receipts Tax (GGRT) enables the PPRF to maintain adequate lending capacity and to remain highly rated in the bond market. NMFA uses available funds to make loans to borrowers and then replenishes the PPRF by issuing tax-exempt bonds secured by the PPRF loans made to qualified entities and the annual GGRT receipts.
NMFA serves a diverse range of borrowers and finances a wide range of project types. This diversity, coupled with the annual receipt of GGRT, helped the PPRF attain the highest bond ratings, offer low costs of issuance for borrowers, and subsidize interest rates on loans to disadvantaged entities. The PPRF’s advantage is the ability to offer its borrowers the PPRF’s ‘AAA’ interest rates and pass along the savings to New Mexico’s communities. Communities are then able to maximize limited public dollars to use in public projects due to lower interest rates. Since the inception of the program through June 30, 2020, NMFA has made 1,814 loans totaling $40 billion.
Applicants: Local governments, including tribal entities and charter schools
Projects: Infrastructure, building and capital equipment projects
Terms: Loans of up to 30 years, based upon the useful life of the project, offered at low, fixed interest rates
Other: Entities with median household incomes less than the State’s median household income are eligible to receive 0% or 2% interest rates for up to $500,000 per entity per fiscal year subject to availability of funds.
For more information about the Public Project Revolving Fund, please email PPRF@nmfa.net or contact your Regional Finance Manager.